Actress Holly Marie Combs is angry about the planned reboot of Charmed in America, the youth drama series about a group of sister-witches, saying the show belongs to her and the other original actresses and crew and not the new reboot.
Charmed ran for 8 seasons and was broadcast on SABC3 in South Africa during the late 1990's and early 2000's, and is now being revived as a new series set in current times - 20 years after it started in 1998 as part of American TV's reboot craze of new versions of old, iconic shows.
Holly Marie Combs played the character of Piper Halliwell during all 8 seasons of Charmed , that started out with Alyssa Milano and Shannen Doherty, with Shannon that was fired after 3 seasons and and replaced with Rose McGowan from the 4th.
Now the CW channel in America is bringing back Charmed, executive produced by Ben Silverman, Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin.
On social media Holly Marie Combs slammed the Charmed remake, saying "Here’s the thing. Until you ask us to rewrite it like Brad Kern did weekly, don’t even think of capitalizing on our hard work. Charmed belongs to the 4 of us, our vast amount of writers, crews and predominantly the fans. FYI you will not fool them by owning a title/stamp. So bye".
"And another thing. Reboots or remakes, as we used to call them, usually have story lines so similar to the original that they are legally required to use the same title and buy the rights to that title. If it’s not similar than it’s just another show. A new show with a new title."
"While some may not get why I take issue with the network that didn’t want to renew Charmed 12 years ago ‘reimagining’ it now, let me just say I understand it perfectly. Also this kinda stuff given all that Rose and Alyssa have done lately...um no. Just No."
Here’s the thing. Until you ask us to rewrite it like Brad Kern did weekly don’t even think of capitalizing on our hard work. Charmed belongs to the 4 of us, our vast amount of writers, crews and predominantly the fans. FYI you will not fool them by owning a title/stamp. So bye.— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) January 26, 2018
According to the CW in a statement about the new Charmed "this fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series centres on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done".